Fixing a Leaking Faucet
In case your faucet leaks out of the spout while the handle is turned off, then a defective stem or cartridge component is normally the reason. The parts inside a faucet handle called a stem or cartridge, and it operates as an in-line shut-off valve. Changing the faucet handle to the off position causes rubber parts inside to compress over a hole and turn off the water flow. In case one of those internal parts tears or dry, you need to replace this part in order to fix your faucet leak.
Sometimes the correct solution is the easiest
To determine why a faucet is leaking starts by making sure the faucet's handles are completely closed. usually, homeowners forget to completely close both sides of the faucet assembly or one of the three handles existed on a tub faucet.
Typical causes of leaking faucets
Old rubber washers are usually the reason for a continually leaking faucet. Rubber washers connected by a screw to the internal end part of the faucets. While in a closed position, the rubber washer presses over an opening to block water flow. Cycles of use decrease the washer's size until it no longer covers the whole opening. Worn-out washers create dripping and leaking faucets. However, faucets without washers, such as ball, disc, and cartridge-style faucets, contain plastic plus metal parts that are susceptible to wear.
Removing faucet parts
Plumbers use different tools to extract and fix faucet stem parts. While standard screwdriver and wrench removes compression faucet stems, removing washerless stems usually requires specific cartridge extraction tools. however universal stem pulling tools are available at most hardware stores.
Replacing faucet cartridge
If a leak continues after replacing worn components, complete replacement of the faucet cartridge may be required. For many DIY plumbers, the challenging part of replacing a faucet cartridge is obtaining the correct replacement part. The local home improvement store offers the novice plumber with a large type of faucet cartridges.
The best way to determine which is the correct replacement for your faucet cartridge is to carry the old cartridge with you to the store. On the other hand, manufacturers generally create cartridges according to the make and model of the faucet they produce. Obtain your faucet manufacturer's name and model number to get an identical replacement part.